Mexican-American Studies is a unique interdisciplinary course of learning that provides an introduction to the Latina/o community within the context of the American experience. It explores its history, culture, society, politics, religion, economics, art, and major contributions to the development of the United States.



Department Chair

Stanley James


Oscar Canedo

Victor Chavez

Victoria Chavez

Maria Lopez-Aramburo

Brandon Luna

Angélica M. G. Palacios, Ed.D.
Office: 702 B
Phone: (619) 482-6372

Areas of research/focus:
Dr. Palacios considers herself a scholar activist who is passionate about teaching students and advancing his or her success in college. Her recent work on Mexicano masculinities and how male gender identity effects perceptions of degree attainment, received the highly regarded George Boggs Award for Exemplary Research and Practice. Dr. Palacios’ areas of interest include: teaching history through a Chicana/o perspective, gender identity, k-14 education, exploring outcomes for Mexicana/o student success, and critical race theory.

Gregorio Pantoja, M.A.
Office: 702 B
Phone: (619) 482-6372

Areas of research/focus:
Professor Pantoja is an Alumnus of SWC and has returned to the "place that changed his life" to give back, and serve the community. He was the first Graduate from the Chicana & Chicano Studies Program at S.D.S.U., where he produced his thesis The Latina Other, and the Performance of Masculinities; which exams gender & transgender theory within the context of U.S. patriarchal frameworks. Professor Pantoja's areas of interest is cultivating critical thought, via the interrogation of dominant historical narratives, as well as implementing best practices of mentorship in and out of the classroom to produce higher outcomes of student success?.

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Last updated: 9/28/2016 7:40:13 AM